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Sebastian Taylor’s music news: The James Brothers, Angel Orchestra, Jazz at Foyles and cancer fundraiser, Jette Parker concert, NYJO, Hermitage Ensemble

23 March, 2017 — By Sebastian Taylor

The James Brothers. Photo: Sean Purser

• Antipodean virtuosic folk duo The James Brothers (above) are at Cecil Sharp House on Wednesday (March 29) performing such items as Voyage of the Buffalo, an up-tempo NZ ballad written in the 1800s about a convict ship. Also being performed are Poison Train about the closure of Australia’s rural railways; I Wallaby Free about trying to catch the bouncing beast; and Six Months in a Leaky Boat. Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Road, NW1, 7.30pm, £12,

• The Angel Orchestra is playing a varied programme at its spring concert on Sunday (March 26) at St Silas, Rising Hill Street, Islington. Opening piece Rimsky-Korsakov’s Tale of Tsar Saltan followed by Glière’s enchanting horn concerto performed with Alex Wilde as soloist – and ending the concert is George Lloyd’s ninth symphony. Saint Silas Church, Risinghill Street, N1 9UL, 5pm, tickets on door £10/£5 conc

• Rising stars on the Royal Opera House’s Jette Parker programme are at the Swiss Church in Endell Strreet, near the ROH in Covent Garden on Monday lunchtime (March 27). Being performed is Frank Bridge’s Three Songs for mezzo-soprano, viola and piano and Grieg’s Piano Concerto. Swiss Church, 79 Endell Street, WC2, 1pm, free

• Almost as an antidote to Brexit, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra is getting together with Germany’s BuJazzo and Holland’s NJJO to play at Kings Place next Thursday evening (March 30). All three ensembles have a maximum age of 25 and comprise the best young jazz musicians from their respective countries. Kings Place, 90 York Way, N1, 020 7520 1490, 7.30pm, from £9.50 online,

• The Hermitage Ensemble from St Petersburg is opening the new Islington Proms season on Monday evening (March 27) at St James’, Prebend Street. The all-male a cappella choir is performing sacred works from the Orthodox Church and favourite Russian folk songs.
St James’ Church, Prebend Street, Islington, N1 8PF, 0845 680 1926, Tickets £15 (£10 concessions) or on the door or online at

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